Position: Director
Email: isayrafi@birzeit.edu, director.cds@birzeit.edu

Educational and work Background:
Imad Sayrafi completed his PhD studies in International Development in the University of Vienna in Austria. His dissertation is entitled “Transformation of Rural Palestine: Change and Everyday Resistance in a Palestinian Village.” He received a PhD Scholarship from the Austrian Partnership Programme in Higher Education (APPEAR). He received his Master’s degree in Gender and Development Studies from Birzeit University in 2010. He has more than 15-Years’ experience in the field of Development Studies and has been working in the Center for Development Studies since 2005. He had taken the position of a researcher in the Center for Development Studies in 2010. His work had included research, project coordination, and project implementation in various Palestinian communities in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and Palestinian refugee camps in Palestine and exile. He was appointed as director of the Center for Development Studies (CDS) in 2021.

Research interests:

His research interests are on social transformations in Palestinian communities, rural development, and the development of theoretical and methodological tools that further development theory. He is currently working on a number of research projects including research on development interventions in the Jordan Valley, research on access to resources in various rural areas in Palestine, in addition to an emancipatory research project on special and segregated schooling and its’ impact on people with disabilities.

Publications:

Peer Reviewed Journal Publications:

Burton Guy, Sayrafi Imad, and Abu Srour, Shatha. (2013): Inclusion or Transformation? An early Assessment of an empowerment project for disabled people in occupied Palestine. Disability and Society Journal, Volume 28, Issue 6. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09687599.2013.802223

Research Studies:

Sayrafi, Imad, and Samara Nahed (2016) Nisa’ fil Thil Al Nisa’ wal Iqtisad Ghayr al Rasmi fi Filistine [Women in the Shadows: Women and the Informal Economy in Palestine]. [Research Study]. Birzeit University. (in Arabic). Electronic.

Abdul Majeed, Ayman, and Sayrafi, Imad (2016) Waqi’ al Nisa’ fi Qita’ al Zira’a fil Difa al Gharbiya: Tahadiyat wa Afaq [ The reality of Women in the Agricultural Sector in the West Bank: Challenges and Prospects]. [Research Study]. MIFTAH (in Arabic). Print.

Jaber, Firas, and Sayrafi, Imad. (2014) Lending and Development Policies in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. [Research Study]. Center for Development Studies, Birzeit University (Arabic and English). Print and Electronic.

Sayrafi, Imad. (2014) Disability and Change in Society: A study on the Experiences of a group of People with Disabilities in advocacy in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, through the project “Empowering People with Disabilities to Claim Their Rights and Entitlements”. [Research Study]. Center for Development Studies, Birzeit University. Print (in Arabic). Electronic (Arabic and English).

Sayrafi, Imad.(2013) Invisible People: Women and Girls with Disability and Access to Rights Organizations in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and Palestinian Refugee Camps in Lebanon. [Research Study]. Center for Development Studies, Birzeit University. Print (in Arabic). Electronic (Arabic and English).